#1
Hey guys, I need some serious help.

At the moment i have a Mexican Fender Stratocaster which has three single coil pick-ups.

I have had it for awhile but did a little research and found out for the style of music I play it would be better to go with a humbucker pick-up instead of a single coil.

I dont have the money for a new guitar and I don't want to sell the strat so would it be possible to some how switch out my bridge single coil pick-up and slap a humbucker like the Seymour Duncan SH-8 Invader in there?

Thanks for the help!
Last edited by robologo9 at Jan 20, 2009,
#3
Quote by Comrade Curry
Yea, pretty sure, just have ensure it will fit i.e. pick guard cut, guitar routed (I don't know about strats so I don't know if they are) and then wire it up


So all the wires i need are in the guitar its just a matter of buying the humbucker and fitting the pick guard?

By the way thank you for the help!
#4
Quote by robologo9
So all the wires i need are in the guitar its just a matter of buying the humbucker and fitting the pick guard?

By the way thank you for the help!


As long as the wires are the same, like there has be 2 wires on the single coil and 2 wires on the 'bucker I believe. I know about as much as a mule about electronics but I know my basics. I Think...
#5
Yeah, you could change your Strat to a H-H pickup configuration.

Check under the pickguard to make sure it's been routed to allow for humbuckers though.
#6
the invader is a good sounding pickup for heavy distorted muddy metal, if you dont want to modify your guitar/pickguard, may i recommend the duncan JB jr. for the bridge position, and the duncan 59' jr for the neck. they fit in SC slots.
#7
well there was also another one i was interested in which was the HotRails pickup

would anybody know how that one compares to the invader?
#9
Quote by LP Addict
the invader is overly-hot, very muddy. the rails pickups are very sterile sounding, ceramic magnets and packed into a small space, they just don't sound very good.


+1

If you want to keep it simple, the Little '59 + JB Junior combo is good, though I think a MIM Strat should be routed HSS, it would just be a matter of getting a different pickguard if you wanted to put a full-size humbucker in. Check, either way.

If you want the project to go a little further, there's nothing stopping you from just routing out the cavities.
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#10
Ah i see, well i looked into the JB Jr. and i think i may actually go with that one cuz it will save some time and some money. thanks for the suggestion and all the help everyone!
#11
i know this is a question i probably should have asked earlier
according to a lot of people the invader is mostly used for metal but others say it is also used for punk

The sound i am looking for is something that ranges from Blink 182, simple plan, lost prophets, to incubus, staind, finger eleven

Would the JB Jr. Fit that more than the invader?
#12
yeah, it will be fine. the invader is just a distortion mud machine, youll notice metal and punk consists of instruments with awful tone. thats why. the jb will let you explore almost any type of genre.